WAYNE, NJ – As day turned to dusk, the music began and played until it was almost completely dark. Wednesday night’s summer concert series was one of the most anticipated shows in the lineup as the Sensational Soul Cruisers brought the funk to Wayne.
A ten-piece band featuring horns, drums, keyboard, guitar, bass and four vocalists made up the Sensational Soul Cruisers who played such hits as All Night Long by Lionel Richie and You Dropped a Bomb on Me by the Gap Band. Their 70’s and 80’s rhythms drove many people up to dance on a beautiful warm summer night.
Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano welcomed the crowd, he had everyone stand for the flag salute and a group of 200 or so said the Pledge of Allegiance together. "Wasn't that great?" he asked the crowd.
Most of the crowd answered 'yes' with applause and cheers.
Vergano then introduced the Cruisers who began with an instrumental until the four male vocalists marched up on stage together to a huge cheer from the audience who had been waiting in anticipation. When they began to sing, the crowd was transported to the bell-bottomed days of disco and through the Members Only time of 80s R&B.
Clearly Wayne residents had come to leave the troubles of a global pandemic and a shaky economy behind them. They wanted to relax, to bop their heads and clap their hands; to tap their feet and get up and boogie. The space in front of the stage became the dance floor, but so did the cement walkway that led to the entrance of Town Hall. There were more than a few professionally trained dancers, twirling and showing off some sophisticated moves.
The energy was felt in the soulful horns, the disco beat and the soul-filled vocals as it flew across Valley Road and up into the atmosphere. It carried with it the shadows of the smiles, the echoes of the laughter and the voices of so many who sang along with nostalgia through a really talented band for almost two hours.
Wayne’s summer concert series is a chance for people to see each other, to talk and catch up and then to let everything go and have some fun.
There are only three shows left in the series with Country Comfort taking the stage on August 5, followed by a special Tuesday night rescheduling of the popular New Jersey band The Kootz on August 11, and the final show on Wednesday, August 26 with the Jersey Sound.
Make sure to bring some non-perishable foods to donate to the Wayne Interfaith Food Pantry. Oh, and bring your dancing shoes, too.